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American Tobacco Music
American Tobacco

This year, WUNC's co-sponsored On The Lawn series expands to include not only concerts "on the lawn" at American Tobacco but also "Music Down Under" and "Sounds of Bull City."

Most of the concerts will be on the grassy lawn beneath the Lucky Strike tower as in years past. Others will happen at near the outfield section of Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Home Run Patio) or at the Down Under Patio near Saladelia.

The events are free and open to the public. You're encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the "on the lawn" events. No bottles allowed.

American Tobacco Music and Mill Music Sessions
American Tobacco / Rocky Mount Mills

Lawns and patios in Durham and a mill in Rocky Mount will reverberate with the sounds of music this summer in a series of concerts co-sponsored by WUNC.

Mill Music Sessions Return To Rocky Mount For 2018

Apr 9, 2018
Mill Music Sessions 2018
Rocky Mount Mills

It's that time of year to load up the lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends and head out to Rocky Mount Mills for a summer series of concerts co-sponsored by WUNC. Food trucks can help complete your picnic.

In partnership with Schoolkids Records, the series will showcase a range of North Carolina-based musicians.

Sarah Shook and the Disarmers
Courtesy of John Gessner

Sarah Shook and the Disarmers are back with their second release. Years is the follow-up to Sidelong which came out on Bloodshot Records in 2017. 

Mary Bragg and Becky Warren are nursing beers and comparing notes on their conscientiousness.

Nick Lowe
William Ellis

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Over the past few weeks we've been featuring artists from Yep Roc Records. The label, headquartered in Hillsborough, NC, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. We're commemorating by highlighting some of their artists.

Kim Richey
Gina Brinkley

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Right now we are in the middle of a series featuring artists from Yep Roc Records. The label, headquartered in Hillsborough, NC, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. We're commemorating by highlighting some of their artists.

Poet Philip Levine discovered jazz on the radio when he was a teenager.

Josh Rouse
York Wilson

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Over the next few weeks, we'll feature artists from Yep Roc Records. The label, headquartered in Hillsborough, NC, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. We're commemorating by highlighting some of their artists.

Mandolin Orange
Mark Maya

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Over the next few weeks, we'll feature artists from Yep Roc Records. The label, headquartered in Hillsborough, NC, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. We're commemorating by highlighting some of their artists.

Duck Kee Studios
Eric Hodge

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music. On this special episode, we're doing things a bit differently.

A picture of H.C. McEntire.
Heather Evans Smith / Merge Records

The new year marks a new chapter for Heather McEntire. The Durham-based singer of Mount Moriah has released her debut solo album. H.C. McEntire's new record is called Lionheart.  She said it's inspired by the American South and a desire to reclaim country music from the hetero-normative, homogenous schtick of tailgates and six-packs and men chasing women.

The Stray Birds
Emilia Paré

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Over the next few weeks, we'll feature artists from Yep Roc Records. The label, headquartered in Hillsborough, NC, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. We're commemorating by highlighting some of their artists.

This time, Eric Hodge chats with the members of The Stray Birds about their song "When I Die" from the 2016 album Magic Fire.

Winston-Salem native Caleb Caudle
Courtesy of Maria Ivey

Winston-Salem native Caleb Caudle recorded his new collection Crushed Coins in Los Angeles. The record reflects a tightly knit group of musicians and a fertile period of song-writing. Caudle has been compared to Jason Isbel and lauded in Rolling Stone magazine and on NPR.  

Crushed Coins is released today, Caleb is playing at the Cat's Cradle Back Room Saturday night.

Nick Lowe
Dan Burn-Forti

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Over the next few weeks, we'll feature artists from Yep Roc Records. The label, headquartered in Hillsborough, NC, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. We're commemorating by highlighting some of their artists.

River Whyless is a band whose members push themselves toward perfection while holding each other up and allowing for some risk-taking. This is a band not only of strong players and singers but something a lot of bands rarely have: multiple, talented songwriters.

Fresh off its Golden Globe award for best animation, the Disney-Pixar movie Coco is a favorite to win an Oscar next month.

It's a sweet story of a small boy, Miguel, who dreams of becoming a musician despite his parents' objections. On the way, he finds family, tradition and a magnificent white guitar, encrusted with pearl details and a black skull.

Robert Plant's new album "Carry Fire."
Warner Brothers

Robert Plant’s latest solo record Carry Fire is steeped in majesty and travel to far off places. The iconic singer, writer and seeker digs deep into the sounds he created with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. It’s the same group of fellow travelers he spent two years crossing the globe with in support of the highly acclaimed “lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar.”

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Over the next few weeks we'll feature artists from Yep Roc Records.  The label, headquartered in Hillsborough, NC, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  We're commenerating by highlighting some of their artists.

Courtesy Rachel Kiel

Rachel Kiel grew up buried in stacks of records in her family home, and from an early age her musical influences were abundant and varied. 

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Updated Jan. 19 at 9:45 a.m. ET

Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish band The Cranberries, has died suddenly at age 46.

O'Riordan defined the sound of The Cranberries — with hit songs like "Linger," "Salvation" and "Zombie." She brought a particularly Irish inflection to pop charts around the world, particularly in the 1990s.

Her publicist confirmed that O'Riordan died suddenly Monday in London, where she had been recording.

Camila Cabello got her start as one-fifth of Fifth Harmony, a group formed by music impresario Simon Cowell from girls who had auditioned for the music competition show The X Factor. The experience forced a teenage Cabello out of her shell and propelled her and her bandmates to pop stardom.

The Grunge Gold Rush

Jan 12, 2018

On the most humiliating day of Jawbox's career, guitarist Bill Barbot was wearing a colorfully striped cotton T-shirt, white Calvin Klein jeans and Persol sunglasses and standing in a suburban New Jersey grocery store. Underneath orange and purple balloons and a hand-printed "Juicy Cubed Beef 59 ¢ lb." sign, he held his guitar in the air, poised to smash it into a cart full of junk food. To Barbot's left were his bandmates: drummer Zach Barocas, in a cream-colored jacket, bassist Kim Coletta in an impeccable red dress and singer J.

Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers will make its HBO debut on January 29th at 8 pm. Filmed over two years, the feature-length documentary highlights the making of the band’s ninth studio album True Sadness, and traces the history of the band from its small town roots in Concord, North Carolina to filling up arenas around the country. Check out the trailer below.

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